Thursday, May 19, 2005

A time for us

A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his
5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. "Daddy, may I ask you a
question?"

"Yeah, sure, what is it?" replied the man.

"Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?

"That's none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?" the man
said angrily.

"I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make in an hour?"
pleaded the little boy.

"If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour."

"Oh," the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, "Daddy, may
I borrow $10.00 please?"

The father was furious. "If the only reason you wanted to know how much
money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some
other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to
bed. Think about why you're being so selfish. I work long, hard hours
everyday and don't have time for such childish games."

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat
down and started to get even madder about the little boy's questioning.
How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think he may
have been a little hard on his son. Maybe there was something he really
needed to buy with that $10.00, and he really didn't ask for money very
often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the
door. "Are you asleep son?" he asked.

"No daddy, I'm awake," replied the boy.

"I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier," said the man.
"It's been a long day and I took my aggravation out on you. Here's that
$10.00 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, beaming. "Oh, thank you daddy!" he yelled.
Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up
bills. The man, upon seeing that the boy already had money, started to get
angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up
at the man.

"Why did you want more money if you already had some?" the father
grumbled.

"Because I didn't have enough, but now I do," the little boy replied.

"Daddy, I have $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?"

Children grow up really fast, before you actually realize it, they would
be old enough to take care of themselves. By then, you would be the one
asking them for some quality time together. So share some of your time
with them or those who need you today. They need our time more then we
will ever know.

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